BC prepares to take on high-powered Notre Dame offense

November 16, 2011 - 7:54 am
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was once again the catalyst behind a strong defensive performance in BC's 14-10 win over NC State this past Saturday. Kuechly recorded a game-high 18 tackles on his way to becoming just the fifth player in ACC history to reach 500 career tackles. "Nothing surprises me with Luke," coach Frank Spaziani said in the weekly ACC teleconference on Wednesday. "He's a fantastic football player that just gets to the ball and makes plays. I don't know where our defense would be without him." Kuechly is just 15 tackles away from matching BC's school record of 524, held by Stephen Boyd. But Kuechly and the BC defense will have their work cut out for them this Saturday when they face a Notre Dame team that is averaging just over 41 points per game in its last three outings. "They're a championship-caliber football team," Spaziani said of the Fighting Irish. "We're going to have to play our 'A' game to play them. Moving the ball is an issue and they have a high-powered offense with a lot of weapons over there, so we're going to have to try and slow them down and hopefully scrap away and get some points ourself." Notre Dame's last two games have been wins against ACC teams Wake Forest and Maryland. Against the Terrapins Saturday, Notre Dame put up 508 yards of total offense on its way to a 45-21 win. Leading the Fighting Irish offense is quarterback Tommy Rees. After losing his job early in the season, Rees regained the starting role and has helped Notre Dame (7-3) win seven out of its last eight games. Rees passed for 296 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Maryland while operating in Notre Dame's no-huddle offense. "He is accurate. He looks like he has a tremendous understanding of what they want him to do," Spaziani said of Rees. "I'm quite impressed with him really. I think they don't skip a beat with him. From my perspective, he's very efficient and a very accomplished quarterback." Meanwhile, Boston College (3-7, 2-5) has struggled to score the ball all season. Quarterback Chase Retig threw for 118 yards and a touchdown with an interception in the win over NC State. The sophomore will be entering a hostile environment this Saturday, though. Spaziani talked about playing in the legendary stadium. "It's a storied environment in a lot of ways with their history and tradition," Spaziani said. "It's just a great venue to take a football team into. It's not always the best venue to bring a football team out of, but it's fantastic. It's a great place, obviously because of their tradition and what they've done, and they seem to have rekindled that." Kick off for the game is set for 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.